Three Books by Morris R. Cohen
Morris Raphael Cohen did not establish his reputation as a jewish philosopher, and in the body of his work there is little that is directly concerned with Jewish thought or scholarship. But in a larger sense he stands in the very midst of a great Jewish tradition. He approximated, as no other Jew in America has, the superb tradition of the talmid chacham, the devoted lover of torah le-shmo, of truth for its own sake. And with the Jewish sage this has always meant a love of truth for life’s sake. If Hasidism is, in Buber’s phrase, “mysticism become ethos,” then the teaching of the sage of New York (like that of the Gaon of Vilna, who was a contemporary of the founder of Hasidism) is that “ethos” must be wedded to reason.
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